Wrisdale Bowls them over at The Shire, London

Jordan Wrisdale with Jamega at The Shire London 2019Jordan Wrisdale has won The Shire, London Bowl, showing admirable consistency over both days, with two scores of 5 under par giving him the narrowest of victories over Josh Loughrey who scored a total of 9 under par.

Loughrey set the pace on the first day with a sparkling, error free, 6 under par 66 to establish a slender one-shot lead over Wrisdale.

Hot on the heels of the leading pair, on 4 under par came Bradley Moore, George Mullins, Alex Albut and Jonathan Poulton and in all some 26 players scored level par or better so the tournament would still be wide open, coming into the second day.

It was Dale Whitnell who set the early target carding a 7 under pat 65 to give him the clubhouse lead on 7 under par.

Whitnell was soon joined by Simon Griffiths (67) and Jack Munro (66) and the trio would have a while to wait to see if they had done enough for at least a play-off place.

Wrisdale and Loughrey, playing in the final group, were nip and tuck throughout the afternoon, with both players on 8 under par after 16 holes.

It took a birdie 2, on the seventeenth, by Wrisdale to break the deadlock but with the “Seve” signature par 5 eighteenth to come, it was not over yet.

Wrisdale managed to hold his nerve and a birdie on the last gave him the one-shot victory over Loughrey, who also made a birdie but not the necessary Eagle to force a play-off.

The Shire London again provided a Championship course in pristine condition, which when linked to a warm welcome and excellent food in the clubhouse offers the visiting golfer the ultimate day out.